Definition of Sting

1. Noun. A kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung. "He felt the stinging of nettles"

Exact synonyms: Stinging
Generic synonyms: Hurting, Pain

2. Verb. Cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort. "The sun burned his face"
Exact synonyms: Bite, Burn
Specialized synonyms: Nettle, Urticate
Related verbs: Burn
Generic synonyms: Ache, Hurt, Smart
Derivative terms: Burn, Stinger, Stinger

3. Noun. A mental pain or distress. "A pang of conscience"
Exact synonyms: Pang
Generic synonyms: Hurting, Pain

4. Verb. Deliver a sting to. "A bee stung my arm yesterday"
Exact synonyms: Bite, Prick
Generic synonyms: Pierce
Derivative terms: Bite, Stinger

5. Noun. A painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin.
Exact synonyms: Bite, Insect Bite
Generic synonyms: Harm, Hurt, Injury, Trauma
Specialized synonyms: Bee Sting, Flea Bite, Mosquito Bite
Derivative terms: Bite

6. Verb. Saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous. "I was stung with a huge tax bill"
Exact synonyms: Stick
Generic synonyms: Force, Thrust

7. Noun. A swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property.
Exact synonyms: Bunco, Bunco Game, Bunko, Bunko Game, Con, Con Game, Confidence Game, Confidence Trick, Flimflam, Gyp, Hustle
Specialized synonyms: Sting Operation
Generic synonyms: Cheat, Rig, Swindle
Derivative terms: Bunco, Con, Flim-flam, Gyp

8. Verb. Cause a stinging pain. "The needle pricked his skin"
Exact synonyms: Prick, Twinge
Generic synonyms: Ache, Hurt, Suffer
Specialized synonyms: Prick, Prickle
Derivative terms: Stinger, Stinger, Stinging, Twinge

9. Verb. Cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging. "The performance is likely to sting Sue"; "His remark stung her"
Generic synonyms: Bruise, Hurt, Injure, Offend, Spite, Wound
Derivative terms: Stinger, Stinging

Definition of Sting

1. n. Any sharp organ of offense and defense, especially when connected with a poison gland, and adapted to inflict a wound by piercing; as the caudal sting of a scorpion. The sting of a bee or wasp is a modified ovipositor. The caudal sting, or spine, of a sting ray is a modified dorsal fin ray. The term is sometimes applied to the fang of a serpent. See Illust. of Scorpion.

2. v. t. To pierce or wound with a sting; as, bees will sting an animal that irritates them; the nettles stung his hands.

Definition of Sting

1. Noun. A bump left on the skin after having been stung. ¹

2. Noun. A bite by an insect. ¹

3. Noun. A pointed portion of an insect or arachnid used for attack. ¹

4. Noun. A sharp, localised pain primarily on the epidermis ¹

5. Noun. (law enforcement) A police operation in which the police pretend to be criminals in order to catch a criminal. ¹

6. Noun. A short percussive phrase played by a drummer to accent the punchline in a comedy show. ¹

7. Noun. A brief sequence of music used in films & TV as a form of punctuation in a dramatic or comedic scene. ¹

8. Noun. A support for a wind tunnel model which extends parallel to the air flow. ¹

9. Noun. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To hurt, usually by introducing poison or a sharp point, or both. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive of an insect) To bite. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive sometimes figurative) To hurt, to be in pain. ¹

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Definition of Sting

1. to prick painfully [v STUNG, STINGING, STINGS]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sting

stimulus generalisation
stimulus generalization
stimulus package
stimulus packages
sting (current term)
sting like a bee
sting operation

Literary usage of Sting

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of Psychology by Edward Bradford ( Titchener, Granville Stanley Hall (1922)
"limited in extent but quite as penetrating and as burny;" "I called 'now' when the other sting was there, so I had the two together. The sting from the heat ..."

2. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by American Committee of Revision (1881)
"О death, 56 The sting of death ù sin ; and the strength of sin is the law. 55 О death, where is thy sting? О grave, where is thy victory ? ..."

3. Scribners Monthly by Charles William Wason (1878)
"drones, as is very well known, possessing no weapon, defensive or offensive. The structure of the sting may be seen in Fig ..."

4. The Works of the Right Reverend Joseph Hall by Joseph Hall, Philip Wynter (1863)
"He may hiss and wind about us, but he cannot hurt us when that sting is pulled out. Look up, O thou believing soul, to thy blessed Saviour, who hath plucked ..."

5. Natural Theology by William Paley (1826)
"The sting of a bee will pierce through a goat-skin glove. ... The action of the sting affords an example of the union of chymistry and mechanism, such as, ..."

6. The Ante-Nicene Fathers: Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down to by Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, Arthur Cleveland Coxe, Ernest Cushing Richardson, Allan Menzies, Bernhard Pick (1903)
"ANTIDOTE FOR THE SCORPION'S sting.' [TRANSLATED BY REV. S. THELWALL.] CHAP. I. THE earth brings forth, as if by suppuration, great evil from the diminutive ..."

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